The Legacy Issue

Accidents Still Happen: Revisiting “Degrassi’s” Infamous Abortion Episode

The N refused to air the episode for several years.

Let Us Live: What Does Loving Black Women Really Look Like?

What would it be like to celebrate Black women, not just as a performance or a trend? Without using them as a mascot for a movement. Without relying on them to save this country. Read more »

Boomer to Zoomer: Grim Generational Relations Aren’t An Accident

There is only one winner in a generation war, and it’s not millennials or boomers or Gen Z—it’s capitalism. Read more »

Her House: Queen Latifah Recreated the Rom-Com in Her Image

Queen Latifah’s oeuvre demonstrates that satisfying Black rom-coms for fat women are possible, even if Hollywood is resistant to making them. Read more »

Stripping Point: Nipplegate Exposed Our Deep Fear of Black Women’s Sexuality

Janet Jackson was punished for 9/16 of one second of nudity, while Justin Timberlake rose from her post–Super Bowl ashes. Read more »

The Only Gaze Is Ours: Tracing the Evolution of Black Women’s Stories

Writing about Black people feels limitless. It feels infinite. Read more »

“What’s Mine and Yours” Complicates the School Segregation Story

Naima Coster’s prescient novel brings human faces to a broader social issue. Read more »

BitchTapes: Immigrant Dreaming

Greisa Martínez Rosas outlines some of the songs that have helped guide her ethos as an organizer and a movement leader. Read more »